Starting with Photoshop 22.1 you can import HEIC and HEIF files into Photoshop on Windows.

When opening HEIC or HEVC files into Photoshop you may see one of the following messages:

  • Additional non Adobe software is needed to open .HEIC files
    Install the required software so Photoshop can open this file. 
  • Could not open "imagename.heic" because Photoshop cannot recognize the file extension.

Install HEIC/HEVC CODECs

To successfully import HEIC and HEVC files into Photoshop, download and install both of the HEIF and HEVC Image Extensions directly from Microsoft.

  1. Quit Photoshop

  2. Download and install the HEIF Image Extensions - The HEIF Image Extension enables Windows 10 devices to read and write files that use the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) format.

  3. Download and install the HEVC Video Extensions - Play High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) videos in any video app on your Windows 10 device.

  4. Restart Photoshop and try importing your HEIC or HEVC file.

Install HEIC/HEVC CODECs